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Paramus, New Jersey, United States
No, this in not a blog about gardening in any way, but a journal of my journey to become a professional landscape painting artist. For years, I’ve given my paintings as wedding gifts without thinking of profiting in some way from it. I worked for 18 years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC as a computer programmer. I have been a painter since 1990, coincidentally, when I started working at the Met. I watched Bob Ross do his thing on Channel 13 in New York and decided I could do this, too. I have no formal training. I incorporate Bob's wet-on-wet technique for sky and water. My subject matter is covered bridges, lighthouses, fishing village scenes, barns, etc. Maine, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Nova Scotia and Spain are some of the places I have painted. My style is detailed and sometimes people think a photo of the painting is an actual photo of the scene. I hope to continue and grow in this medium. I also like to cook & dance. I am also a committed Christian. I am taking commissions - painting your landscapes style photos or your vacation home. Prices on request. contact me - Jackmck@juno.com my website is www.artofjackmckenzie.com

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New Painting - Cherry Tree Sketcher - Central Park

This will be the beginning of a series of NY Central Park paintings. The official title: Cherry Tree Sketcher - Central Park. Having worked in NYC, I've walked around Central Park a lot and seen many things (Sesame Street filming a segment with big Bird and Christo's Gates Project to name a few) and photographed a lot of it (missed getting Big Bird). I want to try a few Gates Project paintings as well as the pond in the SE corner by the Plaza Hotel and a few others. I also have a lot of Cherry tree pictures and this one is a favorite. So enjoy!

Meanwhile, the Franklin Lakes and New Milford Library shows are coming to an end and Secaucus and Hillsdale will be right after. gotta prepare!

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